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Some of the ‘must see’ villages between Hobart and Launceston

Richmond – where you will see the Richmond Bridge (1823) over the Coal River, and many other stone buildings in the town including Richmond Court House (1825), Oak Lodge (1830), Richmond Gaol (1825) at 37 Bathurst Street, St Luke’s Anglican Church (1834) with its tower at the front and amazing timberwork inside and St John’s Catholic Church (1837). Also look out for wineries and the Old Hobart Model Village, and Zoodoo (www.zoodoo.com.au ) a zoo with a wide range of animals to see.
 
Brighton – 26km from centre of Hobart is where you will find Bonorong Wildlife Park – where you see rescued animals and birds, many unique to Tasmania in including Tasmanian Devils. Find it at 593 Briggs Road www.bonorong.com.au
 
Kempton– see the Wilmot Arms (1844) and Dysart House (1843)
 
Campbell Town – High Street has what is called the ‘Convict Brick Trail’ – where the names and story of convicts is recorded on each brick. Also look for the Heritage Highway Museum and the ‘Red Bridge’ a bridge built by convicts in 1838, and designed by the convict architect, James Blackburn (1804-1854). The Red Bridge gets its colour from the 220,000 bricks used in building it.
 
Oatlands – see the Supreme Court (1829), The Military Precinct (1834), Callington Mill (1837) a working flour mill with the giant sails restored in 2010, and over 80 stone buildings on the high street. Take a look also at the Casaveen Woollen Mills where you can buy finest Tasmanian woollen items.
 
Ross Village – where the picturesque Ross River Bridge is located also has a number of stone buildings to see and visit. Visit the Tasmanian Wool Centre (www.taswoolcentre.com.au ) to see the history of wool and lots about the history of Ross.
 
Bothwell –located in the Clyde River Valley and home to the oldest golf course in Australia and the Australasian Golf Museum (www.ausgolfmuseum.com ). There are 50 classified buildings in Bothwell creating a real village feel. Also see Nant Estate Whisky Distillery – 254 Nant Lane (03) 6259 5790.
 
Pontville – Look for St Mark’s Church, a very beautiful Romanesque stone church with a grand archway and columns entranceway. The church was designed by convict architect, James Blackburn. Also see ‘Epson House’ (244 Midland H’wy) www.epsonhouse.com a Georgian style mansion. Also look for ‘Shene’ (76 Shene Rd) www.shene.com.au Tel: 0408 020 007 – a truly inspiring house and horse stables, with the property dating back to 1819, one of the early land grants in the area. This is a ‘must see’ on your list of places to see. The beautiful stonework and the passion of the owners have for the property and its history will inspire you.
 
Longford – is 25 kilometres south of Launceston and is where the Woolmers Estate (Woolmer’s Lane) and Brickendon (1824) are located, both World Heritage listed sites. Woolmers Estate was first settled in 1817 and you can see the grand house, furnishings and farm buildings that date back to that time. Here you will also see the National Rose Garden with around 5000 Roses. Brickendon also on Woolmer’s Lane has around 20 buildings and a long carriage drive, and 180 year old trees. Longford itself is an interesting village, and if you call at the Country Club Hotel, you will be able to see memorabilia from the days when the Longford Grand Prix racing circuit was the fastest in Australia. The track was operational between 1953 and 1968. Also see Christ Church on Wellington Street – built around 1839-1844.Look for the stained glass window inside too.
Colebrook – if you love looking at old churches, St Patricks Church in the Gothic Revival style has to be high on your list. It was designed by Augustus Pugin, said to be one of England’s most significant 19th Century Architects. Look for the 3 Bells in the tower on top.
 
Avoca – look for St Thomas’s Church on the Esk Highway. This was designed by convict architect, James Blackburn, who is also credited with a lot of the engineering on roads built in the 1830’s.
 
Tasmania also has lots of National Parks all over the state, and these are all special in one way or another due their topography, flora, fauna and special features. There are Parks that have short walks, and ones with walks that take a few hours and also a few days to walk the trials, and it is important to be prepared with the right food, water, shoes, clothing and equipment. Also advise people where you are heading and your expected time back. Getting lost, getting soaking wet, cold, running out of food or falling over a cliff is not something that you want to do. Depending on where you are it can sometimes snow in summer too. Hiking shops can advise you on what you need to take with you, and a good website to check out is www.tastrails.com to see details of trails that you might want to walk. There are some truly amazing things to see, and even people who don’t usually think of trail walking really get to enjoy it once they do it.
 
Journeys out of Hobart –
 
The coastline, waterways, inlets, bays and islands that make up Tasmania’s overall coastline are some of the most rugged in the world, with many spectacular cliffs, and steep mountains that almost plunge into the sea, but there are also sandy beaches too, that provide a contrast to that wildness.
 
The most popular travel route out of Hobart is the Heritage Trail that leads past the Villages on your way either to or from Launceston in the North, and of course the Tasman Peninsula where Port Arthur is located.
 
There are however many trips that you can take out of Hobart and these are some of them
We hope that you have a great time in Tasmania.

Happy Travelling!

Geoff Stuart

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